Entrepreneurs entitled to unemployment security due to coronavirus epidemic

3.4.2020

The Government proposes that, as a temporary measure, entrepreneurs would also be entitled to labour market support on the grounds of sudden and unforeseen decline in the demand due to the coronavirus epidemic. The aim is to ensure the livelihood of entrepreneurs. The act should enter into force as soon as possible.

A condition for the payment of labour market support is that a person registers with the Employment and Economic Development Office as a jobseeker and the TE Office gives a labour policy statement on his or her entitlement to labour market support to the Social Insurance Institution Kela.

The situation caused by the coronavirus to many entrepreneurs is quite unreasonable, and now we wish to support them in a number of ways. Entitling full-time entrepreneurs to unemployment benefits is one of these. We want to make it as easy as possible for the entrepreneurs to apply for it and get the payments,” Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen says.

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